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Social Problems: Readings offers readers a set of tools for analyzing any social problem. Silver's collection invites students to explore provocative questions concerning our society. Why do some social problems receive substantial attention while others receive comparatively little? How do claimsmakers bring attention to problems in particular ways that galvanize public awareness? How do certain claimsmakers use their power and influence to bring attention to certain problems while diverting attention away from others? What are the impacts of defining, and consequently treating, a problem in a particular way? After completing this book, readers will look at the social world in ways that they probably never have before.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393929324
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 108,181
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

To the Instructor xiii

1 The Power to Construct Social Problems 1

1 Spotlighting Disaster: The Spectacular City: News Organizations and the Representation of Catastrophe Eric Klinenberg 7

2 Waging War on Drugs: The Crack Attack: Politics and Media in the Crack Scare Craig Reinarman Harry G. Levine 32

3 Viewing Bodily Imperfection as a Health Problem: Millions for Viagra, Pennies for Diseases of the Poor Ken Silverstein 51

4 Seeing Police Mistreatment of Blacks as a Necessary Evil: Behind Police Brutality: Public Assent Frank Bruni 61

5 Making Road Dangers Invisible: Drunk Drivers and Other Dangers Malcolm Gladwell 65

6 Getting Fat on Misinformation: The Center for Consumer Freedom, An Epidemic of Obesity Myths 68

7 Making School Shootings More Thinkable: Dying to Be Famous Lionel Shriver 75

8 The Problem with Welfare as We Know It: Why Do Stereotypes and Lies Persist? Derrick Jackson 79

2 How Social Problems Are Framed 85

9 Random Violence: Random Violence: How We Talk about New Crimes and New Victims Joel Best 91

10 The Horrors of Child Abuse: Horror Stories and the Construction of Child Abuse John M. Johnson 107

11 Dangerous Music in Black and White: Constructing Racial Rhetoric: Media Depictions of Harm in Heavy Metal and Rap Music Amy Binder 122

12 Injustice Based on Sexual Orientation: When Is Inequality a Problem? Victim Contests, Injustice Frames, and the Case of the Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Support Services at Indiana University Mitch Berbrier Elaine Pruett 142

13 PMS and the Biological Flaws of Womanhood: Misdiagnosing the Body: Premenstrual Syndrome, Postmenstrual Syndrome, and Other Normal "Diseases" Carol Tavris 156

14 Black and Undeserving: Exposing Myths about America's Poor: Race and Poverty in America: Public Misperceptions and the American News Media Martin Gilens 174

15 Treating Social Problems as Emergencies: When Social Problems Are Treated as Emergencies Michael Lipsky Steven Rathgeb smith 191

16 Killer Tales about Serial Killings: Using Murder: The Social Construction of Serial Homicide Philip Jenkins 200

17 Stalking as a Danger Potentially Menacing All Women: Stalking Strangers and Lovers: Changing Media Typifications of a New Crime Problem Kathleen S. Lowney Joel Best 212

18 A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: This selection consists of a series of photos that illustrate the power of visual images in framing social problems 230

3 Competition among Social Problems 237

19 Selling Environmental Problems: Bringing the Issue Back In: Comparing the Marketability of the Ozone Hole and Global Warming Sheldon Ungar 243

20 Compensating for Deficit versus Enhancing Performance: The Difference Between Steroids and Ritalin Is ... Kate Zernike 260

21 The Crimes That Come to Mind: A Crime by Any Other Name ... Jeffrey Reiman 264

22 Babies Having Babies: Constructing an Epidemic Kristin Luker 282

23 When Kids Become Victims of Violence: How a Few Isolated Tragedies-and Their Supposed Causes-Were Turned into a National Epidemic Joel Best Monster Hype 298

24 Homeless, Not Poor: And We Are Not Seen: Ideological and Political Barriers to Understanding Homelessness Gary Blasi 303

25 Catastrophes That Count: Flood Tide Hendrik Hertzberg 309

26 Black Men as Criminals and as Victims Barry Glassner Black Men 313

4 Policymaking and Outcomes 323

27 The War on Terror and a Terrified Public: Enemies Everywhere: Terrorism, Moral Panic, and US Civil Society Dawn Rothe Stephen L. Muzzatti 329

28 Fostering Personal Responsibility among Women on Welfare: Pyramids of Inequality Sharon Hays 344

29 Providing Free Housing to the Homeless: Why Problems like Homelessness May Be Easier to Solve than to Manage Malcolm Gladwell 361

30 The Politics of Disaster: Disaster Aid: The Mix of Mercy and Politics David E. Rosenbaum 371

31 Labor Strife Produces Disgruntled Consumers: Framed! Labor and the Corporate Media Christopher R. Martin 375

32 The Colored Stigma of Imprisonment: Blacks and Ex-Cons Need Not Apply Devah Pager 383

33 Gaming on Native American Reservations: Wheel of Misfortune Donald L. Bartlett James B. Steele 387

Acknowledgments 395

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